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Irrespective of whether it is a pre-purchase or pre-listing building inspection, it should be completed to Australian Standard 4349.3 - 2010 by a licensed, experienced and insured Timber Pest Technician. The Technician completes a visual inspection of accessible areas of the property with the obligation to detect the presence of current or previous Timber Pest infestations and damage. The inspection results are then detailed in a comprehensive written report as per the Australian Standard. This report will include details of any past or present Timber Pest activity, damage caused by that activity and any conditions which may exist that are conducive to future Timber Pest attack. Naturally the report will include recommendations to remedy any infestations and/or prevent future attack. These recommendations may include both chemical and non-chemical approaches.

The report focuses upon the presence of active termites and/or termite damage. In addition, it reports upon the presence of borers and fungal decay. As per the building report, the pest report will contain a description of the property, highlighting the defects found and areas that they were unable to gain access to in order to carry out the inspection. It may contain photos of areas of concern and will normally be sent to the client within 24 hours of the inspection being carried out. It is important to note that the inspection is of the current condition of the property and is not reflective of any future infestation or attack.

Numerous types of technology may be used in carrying out the inspection which may assist the inspector in ascertaining the presence of active termites. This may include:

  • Moisture meters;
  • Thermal Cameras;
  • Probes

Depending on the technology used, there may be a slight increase in the cost to facilitate the use of this equipment.

Areas that a Pest Inspections will inspect include:

  • Exterior of the building
  • Interior of the building
  • Sub-floor space (subject to access)
  • Roof cavity (subject to access)
  • Garage, carport and general outbuildings (sheds etc)
  • Separate laundry or toilet
  • Trees on the property
  • Retaining walls, gates & fences, etc

Important information that you should be aware of pertaining to Termite Infestations:-

  • REI recommends that a Termite Inspection is carried out every 12 months;
  • 1 in every 3 properties have active termites (ref. CSIRO)
  • Termite attacks are NOT covered by home insurance;
  • The older the home the higher the probability of infestation;
  • Termites can tunnel up to 200 metres underground to find food, therefore a nest that may attack your home could come from a neighbouring property;
  • Severe termite damage to Australian homes is on the increase. Estimates made in 2004 by the CSIRO were that more than 650,000 homes have been infested in the previous five years, costing over $3.9 Billion, it will be more now.
  • Termites cause more damage to homes in Australia than fire, floods, storms and tempest, combined. Estimated cost in 2004 was $780 million per year (CSIRO 2004), new estimates place it above $1 Billion per year!
  • Having a concrete slab does not mean that your risk is significantly reduced, in fact the risk level may be higher due to the fact that it is not possible to do sub-floor inspections;
  • Termites are known to have destroyed the wall and roofing timbers of homes within 3 months of construction.

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